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Tokyo Festival 2021 Symposium
Reflecting from Asia on the Performing Arts and Democracy: Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines

  • Symposium
  • Talk session

The discontinued streaming of symposium “Reflecting from Asia on the Performing Arts and Democracy: Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines”

Due to circumstances concerning those involved, the streaming of this symposium will be discontinued earlier than scheduled. We sincerely apologize to everyone who was looking forward to viewing it.


Schedule:Streaming from November 29 until December 8, 2021.

Language:English (Japanese subtitles)

Sasapin Siriwanij (Performer, Director, Producer, Artistic Director of BIPAM), River Lin (Artist, Curator of ADAM), JK Anicoche (Performance-Maker)

Yoshiji Yokoyama, Kaku Nagashima

Thinking about future political structures through local practices

Under the pretext of the coronavirus pandemic, the democratic right to free assembly has been curtailed. On the other hand, rapid digitalization has accelerated and widened disparity. During this crisis for democracy around the world, how can the performing arts, a “small media” predicated upon taking place live in front of people, connect with others and form public space? Featuring leading artists in Asia, this symposium searches their local practices for hints of future self-governance.



Japanese subtitles (for people with hearing disabilities)


Free (No reservation required)


Sasapin Siriwanij

With bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Sasapin Siriwanij is a core member of B-Floor Theatre as a performer, director, and producer, a decade-long career which has rendered her well-versed in movement-based performance practices with interests in social critique and personal and social empowerment. Sasapin has held the role of Artistic Director of Bangkok International Performing Arts Meeting (BIPAM) since 2018, and also co-founded Producers of Thai Performing Arts Network (POTPAN), alongside being an independent theater artist and international touring producer.

Photo: Chen You-wei

River Lin

River Lin (b.1984) is an artist, currently living and working in Paris and Taipei, who works across the contexts of visual art, dance, and performance. His work has been presented by the Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo and Centre National de la Danse (Paris); KANAL – Centre Pompidou (Brussels); M+ (Hong Kong); Rockbund Art Museum and Ming Contemporary Art Museum (Shanghai); Taipei Biennial 2016; and Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art (Sydney), among others. River heads the Asia Discovers Asia Meeting for Contemporary Performance (ADAM), which he launched with Taipei Performing Arts Center in 2017 to foster cross-cultural and interdisciplinary artistic exchange. In 2019, he co-curated the inaugural edition of Camping Asia in collaboration with Centre National de la Danse.

JK Anicoche

The Philippines
JK Anicoche is a Manila-based performance maker working at the intersection of art, culture, and development. His practice ranges from developing performances in a black box to devising works with/in various communities. He is the Artistic Director of contemporary cultural laboratory Sipat Lawin Inc., a founding member of anti-disciplinary collective Komunidad X, and the Festival Director of Karnabal: Performance and Social Innovation. His recent engagements have taken him to New York, Taiwan, Shanghai, and Japan, where he presented the "Sand (a)isles" project at Festival/Tokyo 2019.


Planning: Yoshiji Yokoyama (Chief Dramaturge & Programmer of Tokyo Festival)
Production Coordination: Masato Eguchi, Yuko Uematsu (syuz'gen LLC)
Direction: Kaku Nagashima (Vice General Director of Tokyo Festival), Junnosuke Tada (Co-Director of Tokyo Festival)


Organized by Tokyo Festival Executive Committee [Toshima City, Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture (Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre & Arts Council Tokyo)]

Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal 2021


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